New Tarboro mayor will take office tonight

From Staff Reports

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Tarboro Mayor-elect Rick Page and four people who won election or re-election to the Town Council last month will be sworn in during the board’s regular monthly meeting tonight.

The board also will elect a mayor pro tem and hold a couple of public hearings, among other business.

Political newcomers Othar Woodard and Steve Burnette will take over the Ward 1 and Ward 3 seats, respectively. Those seats currently are held by Gerrelene Walker and Page. Former Town Councilman John L. Jenkins II will rejoin the board to take back the Ward 5 seat currently held by Candis Owens. Jenkins previously held the seat for three terms before losing to Owens during the 2009 election.

Taro Knight will continue to serve as the town’s Ward 7 representative after winning re-election in November.

Also during tonight’s meeting, Tarboro Planning Director Josh Edmondson will present a report from the Main Street Facade Committee.

The board also will consider a budget amendment related to an economic development incentive payment. In July 2011, the town entered into an agreement with Superior Essex Energy, Inc., for economic development incentive payments.

The agreement provided for payment to Superior Essex equal to 50 percent of the company’s increased property tax as a result of investments made by the company to expand its facility.

Superior Essex has asked for the initial payment, which would start an onset of 10 consecutive annual payments, according to the meeting agenda packet. The company’s additional tax amount after improvements was $72,458. Based on the agreement, Superior Essex will receive $36,229.

In other business, the Town Council will hold a public hearing to allow people to discuss an application submitted by Billy Trevathan to rezone 2.5 acres of land located along U.S. 64 East from general residential to general commercial.

The board also will hold a public hearing to allow people to discuss a request made by Trevathan to amend the town’s unified development ordinance to allow outdoor advertising signs to be located not less than 500 feet from other outdoor advertising signs on the same street side as measured along the right-of-way.

The amendment would reduce Tarboro’s current regulations to the state standard.
The Tarboro Town Council will meet at 7 p.m. in the Council Room at Town Hall.